Idabistan is one of the largest Autismoi nations by population, reigning over 41,300,000 people. Its culture is bizarre compared to other nations and very focused on individualism and independence. Most Idabistanis can venture for independence at a young age and the government doesn't disallow infighting. It is common for dukes to be overthrown by adventurers in other corners of the nation and for them to be also overthrown and so forth.
Idabistan is ruled by a centralized government that resides in Brusseaux, Idabistan Proper, called the National Assembly, and President Knight Sebastos. The Head of State and Government has two titles, the Head of State proclaiming themself Emperor and the Head of Government proclaiming themselves King. While one person usually occupies both positions and thus is Emperor and King, this is a result of a feudal schism in 632 AS where the titles were separated and the Head of State becoming a symbolic position.
History of Idabistan Edit
Maxedonian Idabistan Edit
Idabistan was once a province in the Maxedonian empire ruled by a regional government that was installed by the Maxedonians. The land was exploited for its natural resources and native citizens were forced to labor in the forests for lumber and the Massif-Central for minerals and stone.
Before Maxedon invaded the region, it was inhabited by a multitude of hunter-gatherer societies oblivious to the advancements along the Mediterranean. Many of them followed Lucianic faiths or more pagan beliefs. After the Maxedonian invasion, much of these pagan beliefs were bred out and the remaining populations retreated to what is today referred to as Romica. Lucianics inhabited much of Dreconia or took advantage of the mass exodus of Celts from Noobishia and started a regional government in Mhoirbheinn.
This collection of ethnic groups diversified Idabistan and caused many conflicts between rival tribes. The tribes never had any good relations with each other until their eventual unification in 511 AS.
Multiple skirmishes have been recorded between Maxedonian patrols and Idabistani tribesmen. This spawned ill relations between the two, but Maxedonian soldiers always came out on top due to better equipment. This was changed when a much larger scale revolution ignited in Lucina, and many adventurers in the mass-exodus took advantage of the situation and invaded Maxedon. One of these adventurers was Napoleon Sebastos, who invaded Idabistan and overthrew the regional government, proclaiming the Idabistani Khanate in 511 AS.
Idabistani Khanate Edit
The Idabistani Khanate was a tribal kingdom ruled by a Khan. It was heavily militarized and many hunter-gatherer communities still survived due to minimal intervention and centralization by the government. Napoleon Sebastos's efforts to urbanize the land and form a solid nation led to the creation of Fort-de-Derique, a massive palace in Brusseaux. The Palace houses the National Assembly, much of foreign embassies and the Hall of Kings where every Idabistani Ruler's corpse is held and their possessions preserved. These efforts to develop Idabistan laid the foundation and set it on a path to become one of the most important nations in the world.
War of Four Crowns Edit
The War of Four Crowns was a defining moment in Idabistani history. It started when the two feuding Britannic nations of Ciaranland and Uenreich fought over domination of Britannia. Their war left a weakness in their nations, and the Katulandic Union declared war to enforce claims on Jorvik in northern Britannia. Britannic possessions in the continental Land of Kings came into question and many Idabistani lords wished to see them restored to Idabistani rule. Under pressure by his peers, Napoleon Sebastos declared war on Ciaranland and Uenreich, starting a four-way war between the Katulandic Union, Idabistan, Ciaranland, and Uenreich -- thus, the War of Four Crowns.
The war sparked many notable battles and territorial changes, such as the Idabistani acquisition of Romica and Normandy being added to the Royal Domain of Idabistan Proper. The county of Aubourn was later acquired in another conflict. The war ended with Ciaranland being affirmed as the major power of Britannia. Ciaranland later led invasions against Edgelandt against the Killish and repelled Katulandic attacks. No Britannic nation would ever establish territories in the continental Land of Kings ever again.
The war introduced political customs to Idabistan and would lead to Idabistan's first-ever use of conscription in its wars. Infantry troops such as men-at-arms were utilized rather than entire hosts of mounted soldiers. Warfare in Idabistan would be revolutionized by this war and paired with the already militarized government, Idabistan's military was the most skilled for a period of time.
Iberian War Edit
The Iberian war was started after the Sebastianist Pope declared the Hispanic-Downie Caliphate a heathenistic nation and its existence a scourge of the Land of Kings. Idabistan took on the honor of declaring war, trying to prove its loyalty to Sebastianism. While Idabistan expected many of its allies to join the war, Darthage's threat on Sesmonkina and Shenzhen's recent establishment in the area prevented them from supporting the war. This hindered the Idabistani armies and led to them having initial losses in the Basque counties.
Idabistan fortified southern Romica and focused soldiers in the east. This led to Darthalona being seized by Idabistani forces and the duchess of the area defecting to Idabistan. She rose her levies and supported the rest of the war. Idabistani troops marched into Lucencia, but the following siege ended up being too long and Idabistani troops lost many troops to attrition. Idabistani troops retreated to Darthalona and drafted up treaties.
Multiple military restrictions were placed upon the Hispanic-Downie Caliphate, weakening them to nothing but a medium power. Darthalona's regional government was named Pinkquitaine and was found to be a matriarchal society where only women could become Duchess. Pinkquitaine survived independently for about 3 years before being integrated by Idabistan.
Pinkquitaine Acquisition Edit
Pinkquitaine's independence provided a solid balance of power between the Hispanic-Downie Caliphate and Idabistan. This was useful to the Idabistanis, who had to redirect soldiers to support the eastern border where Lucianic tribes from Shenzhen were raiding Dreconia. Idabistan supported Pinkquitaine with many permissions only vassals would get, which led to a gradual integration of Pinkquitaine into the Idabistani realm. Embassies in Darthalona were sometimes ignored as Idabistani diplomats would be allowed into the Pinkquitanie court.
Pinkquitaine's integration into Idabistan was confirmed with the Edict of Seragosa where Pinkquitaine swore fealty to the Idabistani Khan and officially became the Pinkquitanie Ilkhanate. The acquisition was looked favorably upon by both parties and became a core part of the Idabistani nation with the Duchess's elevation to a direct vassalship under the King.
Idabistani Kingdom Edit
Further centralization of the Idabistani realm continued after the death of the last Khan, Derique V of Caribou. The new Khan, Derique VI was only Khan for one year, but this is because he gained the appeasement of the Sebastianist Pope and demanded elevation of his position. The Idabistani realm, becoming ever so much more feudal, was more so a Kingdom than an assortment of tribes that the title "Khanate" implies. The Sebastianist Pope crowned Derique VI the King of Idabistan on July 4, 618 AS. He returned to Idabistan as the new King and his policies would shape Idabistan for the greater.
Schism Period Edit
Derique VI was a very ambitious ruler, and his constant attempts to become a greater player in the Land of Kings became apparent when he declared himself "Emperor of the Autismoi Khaganate." This was met with opposition by Maxedon and many religious extremists in Idabistan, starting the prelude to the Idabistani Wars of Religion. A large schism was started between Autismoi nations, who contested Derique VI's claim to Emperorship.
Derique VI secretly formed an order of those loyal to him and trained them in Bas-Rocou. This order of knights all traced their lineage back to Napoleon Sebastos in one way or another, and favored the Napoleonis dynasty. These men gathered their household knights and prepared in Nikolontinople a fleet. This order was named the Napoleonic Order. The Napoleonic Order sailed to Maxedon and invaded Thrace. The men landing took advantage of the Haruhiistic rebellion in eastern Maxedon, and were able to acquire huge swathes of land before any resistance arrived. Maxedon was split between its Greek holdings and thus could not effectively contest Derique VI's claim to emperorship. The Napoleonics attempted invading Greece but were decisively defeated and never made territorial gains again.
Derique VI, with no one to contest his claim to Emperorship, officially made his title "Emperor of the Autismoi Khaganate." and granted the title of King to his son, Derique VII. The schism ended when Derique VI died in 640 AS and his son inherited the title of Emperor. This made Derique VII both the Emperor and King of Idabistan. In his first years of rule, he declared the positions separate and made the title of Emperor symbolic and renounced all claims on the other Autismoi nations. This placated much of Maxedon, but religious fanatics were still opposing the title itself.
Idabistani Wars of Religion Edit
Derique VI's insistance of his position as Emperor sparked much uproar in the religious community and Idabistani clergy. Many fundamentalist Sebastianists disliked that the balance of power would be violated by a power that stretched the entirety of the Mediterranean, like Maxedon once did. Radical Sebastianists feared that other Autismoi nations would force them to accept other sects of Sebastianism and many weeb beliefs used the disunification of the Idabistani clergy as the perfect situation to gain rights from the Idabistani government.
The Idabistani Wars of Religion started when the Edict of Mhoirbheinn declared all Weebs "Huguenots," which was the evolved version of a derogatory term used in the Idabistani Khanate to refer to people with sedentary lives. This helped many Sebastianist communities easily locate and pick out heathens, which led to a massive extermination of Weebs from the southern portion of Idabistan. This sparked many Weeb communities in other Autismoi nations to pick up arms and form warbands that threatened Dreconia and Pinkquitaine with naval invasions. Many Weeb adventurers invaded and usurped titles from Dreconian and Pinkquitanie rulers. They continued their path of invasion to Romica and Noobishia, however they were halted their advance into Idabistani Proper as Derique VII took control and outlawed official usurpations in Idabistan Proper, the only law of its kind in the realm. His development of local militias also forced many Weebs to cease attacks on cities in the region.
Much of the Weeb lords declared war on the direct vassals of Idabistan and tore Idabistan into many pieces. Fundamentalists argued that these actions were legal while Radicals would regularly slaughter Weeb communities in Idabistan. This all culminated into the Edict of Brousseaux, where Derique VII declared that any man may practice any religion they wish within their own household, however public demonstration of foreign religions were still outlawed. This edict would serve as one of the most important articles of the Idabistani Constitution.
Idabistani Constitution Edit
Derique VII, among many accomplishments, also introduced the first Idabistani Constitution. The constitution united much of the vassals into a more unitary force by enforcing cooperation with them and participation with the Royal Domain. However, it granted much more rights and freedom to citizens. It introduced the first official guidelines to things such how one would acquire Idabistani citizenship, how the government works, how the government is decided and what the government may do. It also introduced the National Assembly, which was a more modern version of the tribal council that used to dictate much of the decisions in Idabistan.
The Constitution served Idabistan for 6 years before being abolished in the Revanchist Revolution, but restablished by Khergman in 667 AS.
Idabistano-Lucianic Conflicts Edit
Derique VII led Idabistan through one of the most grueling series of wars in Idabistan: The Idabistano-Lucianic conflicts. The war started when Lucianic rulers in Dreconia led their men into a full revolt and were supported by Lucina. The rebellion was quelled, however, rulers in the area preserved their territory and continued to enforce unconstitutional rule in the area. To attack the Lucianics directly, Idabistan led soldiers into western Lucina and sacked many of the cities, such as Erapaz. The Lucianics were able to repel the Idabistani armies and continue resupply Mini-Lucina.
Idabistan failed to completely destroy Mini-Lucina, which resulted in them growing stronger and leading furhter attacks on Idabistan. A treaty was signed in Lucina on 643 AS, restoring peace between the Lucianic Confederacy and Idabistan for a short period of time.
The Second Idabistano-Lucianic War was much more eventful and culminated in the Sack of Brusseaux. This was the first time Brusseaux had ever been occupied by an opposing force since the formation of the Idabistani Khanate, and it caused a massive Revanchist revolution in Idabistan. Nationalistic fervor had grown to engulf much of Idabistan, and resulted in the Lucianic Genocide and the Siege of Lucina. Even though Brusseaux had been occupied, much of the Lucianic Confederation was torn apart due to the war and the Treaty of Erapaz forced them out of the global spotlight, and were never able to project power ever again.
Revanchist Idabistan Edit
Revanchist Idabistan was a shortlived regime ran by President Æsmunðger after his revolution overthrew Derique VII and formed a totalitarian government that disrespected many of the rights given to the people with the Constitution. Luckily, the Idabistani Constitiution was saved and preserved by many freedom fighters who would later form the August Revolution that would end with Æsmunðger being executed via guillotine in front of his Directory.
"August Revolution" Edit
In August of 667 AS, notable Idabistani leaders such as Khergman Sebastos, Flundiquis Sebastos, Henri de Merchant, and Knight Sebastos gathered levies of men and invaded Brusseaux. The city was seized and Æmunðger was captured after being caught trying to flee on an Andravida horse. He was brought to the town square of Brusseaux, along with his Directory, and executed in front of the city. The Constitution was presented in public to the citizens, which was met with cheering.
Khergman Sebastos would later be crowned Emperor and King of Idabistan. He'd personally appoint Flundiquis as his regent and Knight as the President of the National Assembly. The assembly would be formed, under laws presented by the Constitution, and order would be restored to Idabistan.
Idabistani Kingdom Edit
The Idabistani Kingdom was re-declared on 667 AS with Khergman Sebastos as the Emperor and King. The new monarchy had a heavy focus on individualism, like the original Khanate, and opened up much more opportunities for citizens. The population would grow much more conscious of the government, and literacy rates would skyrocket as monasteries were outlawed from restricting the right to education. It is the modern rendition of Idabistan, and militaristic focus has dwindled after it has been seen as unnecessary.
Khergman Sebastos is a competent statesman with a history of veneration. Not much is known of his position as Emperor and King of Idabistan, as his position is relatively recent and he doesn't have a deep or respected lineage -- "Sebastos" was dynastic title he was merely granted, however, he is not related to any Sebastos by blood -- but it is believed that he was the Khan of a powerful tribe in Trentica and migrated to Idabistan with a host of his closest friends to start a new life as a statesman with political power.